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Park Lane Ala Moana: The Sky Residences

Park Lane is probably the most unique project in the Kakaako/Ala Moana neighborhood. Instead of building vertically like every other project in the area, the height restrictions presented an interesting obstacle for the developers and designers. What we have today is a “High-rise turned on it’s side” built across seven acres of prime Honolulu real estate where every unit is in touch with the landscape and beauty of Hawaii.

Built adjacent to Ala Moana Center the project is foot steps away from world-class shopping. On the front side of the property you will look out over Ala Moana Beach Park, which spans over 100 acres and some of Oahu’s best surf spots.

The Sky Residences feature both Makai (ocean) and Mauka (mountain) views and feel more like single-family homes than they do a condominium. The Sky Residences offer a chef’s kitchen and lounge with plenty of natural light. The “U-shaped” design surrounds the oversized, covered lanai, featuring a built-in Wolf grill perfect for family gatherings.

Did I mention the amenities at Park Lane are out of this world? Beyond the usual pool, spa, and fitness studios that come with every other project, Park Lane offers guest suites, grocery delivery, wine storage, valet, concierge, and residence care for those that live overseas most of the year.

Everything you need in life can be found at Park Lane. Please contact me if you are interested in pricing, floor plans, or general information. Thank you,

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Kakaako Farmer’s Market

Looking for a fun Saturday morning activity filled with beautiful fruits and veggies, delicious treats, and fun lively music? The Kakaako Farmers Market brings delicious fresh ingredients to one of Honolulu’s hippest neighborhoods.

Located in Ward Warehouse the Kakaako Farmers Market offers a great balance of fruits, vegetables, and food products. Let the smell of delicious fresh food and great live music lure you in while the friendly vendors show you what they have to offer.


Some vendors include MAO Organic Farms from Waianae, featuring bags of leafy greens, radishes, and other freshly harvested Hawaiian produce. Feeling like a bite to eat? Stop by Pacifico Pizza for a wood fired pizza, you can really taste the fresh ingredients and love that go into these pizzas.

Have a sweet tooth? Check out Baker Dudes for Sweet Bread, Scones, or my favorite, their Danishes. They also offer fresh baked savory Breads and a wide variety of Biscotti.

Looking for something to sip on while you shop? Stop by JugoLife and try one of their refreshing cold pressed juices with flavors like Watermelon, Pineapple, Strawberry, Fennel, and Lemon your thirst will be quenched and your tastebuds will thank you.



These are just some of the amazing and delicious things you can find at the Kakaako Farmer’s Market they also offer kombucha, fresh flowers, fish, coffee, Thai food, and much more. Even if you stay just to hear the fun live music with friendly faces all around, you wont leave disappointed.

So if you’re looking for something fun to do this Saturday, check out the Kakaako Farmer’s Market!

Saturdays 8am-12pm at Ward Warehouse

Check out special event they might be holding at their Website and their Yelp page for reviews and suggestions!

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Inside Arvo: Kakaako’s hippest coffee shop

 Afternoon Mates! or rather, Arvo Mates!

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Nestled in Kaka’ako, you will find a quaint and homey café that is sure to satisfy your coffee and toast cravings. Started by sisters Casey Wiggins and Dixie Rose, and Dixie’s husband Mason Rose, Arvo is an Australian inspired café focusing on coffee and Aussie-style food.

Arvo offers reasonably priced options from simple Vegemite Toast to their Loaded Avocado Toast — anything you order is guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds.

What is the difference between a Flat White and Latte? Well, they are basically the same thing. A Flat White, originating from the land down under, has more microfoam and less volume than a Latte. Flat Whites are wonderful but Arvo makes both so, if you like more foam then feel free to order a Latte.

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The Loaded Avocado Toast was suggested by one of the Baristas; Rye Bread loaded with Avocado Spread, Rocket (Arugula), Feta Cheese, and Tomato with a lemon on the side. It did not disappoint, delicious and healthy for breakfast or lunch!

The Matcha Pudding — filled with Matcha Chia Seeds, Matcha Whipped Cream, Strawberries, Blueberries, Bananas, and Kiwis. This will satisfy any sweet tooth and will definitely fill you up! Fun Fact: You can eat the flower too!

My personal favorite — Smoked Salmon Toast; Fennel Rye topped with Cream Cheese, Spinach, Smoked Salmon, Capers, Red Onions, and Lemon. Arvo’s fancy play on Bagels and Lox is a fresh and delicious lunch time snack.


So, if you’re down in the Kaka’ako neighborhood looking for a quick bite to eat or having a hankering for coffee, stop by Arvo. They are open Monday – Friday 7:30 – 3:00 and Weekends 8:30 – 2:00 — located at 675 Auahi Street inside Paiko.

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Visit their Yelp page for more reviews and photos

Enjoy Mates!


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988 Halekauwila: Everything You Need to Know

Howard Hughes is now moving forward on the very controversial 988 Halekauwila, recently renamed Ke Kilohana. The 400 foot building was initially proposed as a fee simple condo tower that would house most of Howard Hughes’ required reserve housing units for phase one and two of there proposed master plan. The Texas bases developer then tried to get an approval from the HCDA to offer the building as an affordable rental tower for a certain number of years in hopes that would satisfy their reserve housing requirements. The HCDA ruled against and now we’re back to the original plan, 424 residential units, majority of which, will be reserved housing units.

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There will be 141 one-bedroom, 193 two-bedroom, and 90 three- or more bedroom units. The condo project is trying to achieve LEED certification all while promoting neighborhood scale sustainability which includes walkability, access to transit, affordable housing, access to diverse uses of housing types, and district-wide green building initiatives like energy and water efficiency.

With the project being largely reserve housing, buyers will have to qualify under currect HCDA guidelines. This requires all buyers to make between 100% to 140% of Kakaako’s area median income. The qualifying process does encompass more than just the income qualification with a standard pre-approval letter still an integral part of the buying process. Please contact me for more details.

988 Halekauwila will be built on the site of the old Dixie Grill, where halekauwila and Ward Avenue meet, located across the street from HART’s proposed Kakaako rail station. There will be approximately 25,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor with Longs Drugs having just signed on to anchor the space.


988 Halekauwila adds affordability into Ward Village, where it previously was non-existent with it’s first four towers. This project will add diversity and life into the growing neighborhood. The project also offers a great opportunity to get into the Ward Village neighborhood at relatively affordable prices. If you’ve missed out on reserve housing opportunities in the past please don’t wait to get on our interest list. We will keep you up to date with information as soon as it is made available by the developer.

Contact Holden@Kakaako for more information and to be put on our interested parties list. Thank you!

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Ae’o: Owner-occupant lottery starts this Saturday

Ae’o, one of Howard Hughes’ latest condominium developments, will start sales for owner-occupants units this coming Saturday 1.18.15. Howard Hughes, the Dallas based developer, has seen great success thus far with Waiea and Anaha very close to 100% sold. Gateway which is another condominium development by Howard Hughes,  recently started sales too though the price point for the project is two to three times that of Ae’o. The selling point behind Ae’o is there relatively affordable priced units compared to that of Waiea and Anaha, both of which are less than a few hundred feet away. Imagine moving in to Kahala or Diamond Head for Kaimuki prices.

There seems to be a lot of buzz around Ae’o and I can see sales going really well for Howard Hughes. Pricing for studios will start at $410,000, one-bedrooms starting at $573,000, two-bedrooms starting at $860,000, and three-bedrooms starting at $1,390,000.  A brand new flagship Whole Foods Market will be located on the ground floor, Ala Moana beach park is just a few minutes walk away, and a brand new elevated rail system is just a few minutes walk down the road. Ae’o offers convenience and luxury in an affordable price range. Read more about the project here.

The lottery will take place this Saturday so all buyers must enter no later than Friday at midnight. Please contact me for floor plans and more information about how to enter the lottery.

I’ve worked closely with Howard Hughes as well as other developers in the Kakaako neighborhood and understand the sales process very well. I’ve sold in everything from Keauhou Place to The Collection and even Vida at 888 Ala Moana. I work hard to get you what you want so that you don’t have to. Give me a call today or email me to set up an appointment or showing. Mahalo! or (808)387-3366.

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Neighboring News: Park Lane at Ala Moana

If luxury and location are paramount for you and price is but a number, look no further than Park Lane at Ala Moana. Where else can you find expansive oceans views from the comfort of your living room while being just steps away from the world-class Ala Moana Center? Park Lane truly offers the best of both worlds.

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The project features seven unique eight-story buildings all with 10-story ceilings and expansive outdoor lanais for true island living.  The amenities were conceived with the idea of never having to leave home, or at least that’s what I was thinking when I first took the tour. Men’s and women’s spa areas featuring saunas, steam rooms, and private lockers, outdoor whirlpool and spa, 25′ x 75′ lap pool, three private suites, and private massage and treatments rooms are just a few of the amenities on the list.

Each residence, inspired by the single-family home design, includes custom wide-plank engineered hardwood floors, architectural lighting designs, Sub-Zero refrigerator, freezer and wine storage, Wolf oven, cooktop, hood and microwave, and the list goes on and on. Email me for a full list of features and amenities.

The open-air lanais average 300 square-feet featuring natural stone flooring, a seamless transition from indoor wood flooring to outside stone floor, and my favorite feature of all, the built-in and mechanically vented gas barbeque by Wolf. This is a feature unique to Park Lane, as no other condo in the Ala Moana/Kakaako area features gas grills on the lanais of their residences.

On the back of the project is something very unique to the project called The Park Lane. The Park Lane is a private walkway that connects all seven buildings through an elevated walkway away from the hustle and bustle of Ala Moana Center. It will feature palm trees, sculptures, lotus ponds, decorative stone paving, and so much more. Think of it as an outdoor escape footsteps from your front door.

If this project is of interest to you I encourage you to contact me as soon as possible. The last time I was there they were already 65 percent sold. There are many other projects in the Kakaako area to consider as well and I would be happy to give you all the details on  the ever-changing Kakaako and Ala Moana real estate landscape. Contact me for more information on Park Lane or if you haven’t made up your mind on which project is best for you — I would be happy to set up an appointment to give you the full overview of everything available. Email me at


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Ae’o at Ward Village: The Whole Foods Tower

Ae’o or more commonly known as the “Whole Foods Project” is finally upon us. With sales started in July of 2015, Ae’o, located at the corner of Kamake’e and Queen street, will feature a Whole Foods Market along with relatively affordable market rate residential units.  Studio units started at $410,000 and sold out almost immediately. One-bedroom units started at $560,000 and a large majority sold out in the first week or so, I think a few higher floor (and therefor higher priced) units are available. Two-bedroom units started from $860,000 and all of the units listed under $1,000,000 sold very fast. There are a bunch still available in the $1,400,000 to $1,800,000 range. Three-bedroom started at around $2,000,000 and there are still a lot of options available.

The project will feature 65 studios, 220 one-bedroom units, 125 two-bedroom units, and 56 three-bedroom units. Sales took place on two different stages. They first launched a owner-occupant lottery with more than 550 entries. I was lucky enough to have four buyers with three of them getting great picks. Phase two was for investors and selection went to owners of Waiea and Anaha units first. Next were people who submitted non-binding pre-registration a few weeks earlier, you were called in to the sales office in the order you submitted the NPA. (NPA’s were time stamped) With this launch and other similar projects, lower priced units are the first to sell. (Note: In the future, if you’re looking for a unit on the lower end of the price range, make sure you notify me very early on).

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The Whole Foods Market will be located on the ground floor and will be roughly 50,000 square feet making it the largest Whole Foods Market in the state. With no other large grocery store in the neighborhood, Whole Foods will be a hub for the many residents and future residents that call Ward Village and Kakaako home, ever increasing the walkability of the growing neighborhood.

Being within walking distance to the great restaurants of Ward Village, Ward Theaters,  and now the convenience of doing all your grocery shopping foot steps from your front door, Ae’o offers true urban island luxury living.

If this project or any of the other projects in the Kakaako neighborhood are of  interest to you, please email me at If you have any questions please feel free to comment below or email me directly.  Mahalo and Aloha!

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The Gateway at Ward Village

With more and more condos on the rise in the Kakaako neighborhood, developers are constantly trying to differentiate their projects from other buildings. In the case of Howard Hughes, they must differentiate each of their condos with unique selling points and amenities. Whether it be through a prime location like Park Lane, seemingly endless amenities in Waiea, or maybe it’s competitive pricing while not comprising luxury as is the case with Vida. Next on the horizon is Howard Hughes’ latest proposed condominum tower, The Gateway, designed by world-renowned architect Richard Meier.

Situated on the Ward Warehouse block in Ward Village, The Gateway will consist of an Ewa tower and a Diamond Head tower. Located between the two towers will be a nearly one-acre central plaza designed by Richard Meier, the famous architect behind The Getty Center. The plaza will feature pedestrian walkways, native plants, water features, and passage from the heart of Kewalo basin to the center of Ward Village. The Gateway at Ward Village

A few of the notable amenities beyond your typical luxury condominium include a wine tasting room and cellar, pet spa, veranda bar and four luxury guest suites so your friends from out of town can enjoy Kakaako from the luxury of their own suite.

All of the residences at The Gateway will feature 10-foot ceilings, Gaggeneau appliances, wine refrigerators, motorized window shades, and much more. I was able to get a private tour of the model unit on the first day of sales and Howard Hughes has really outdone themselves with the finishes.

“Overall wellness, health and balance can be seen in every design element in Gateway, from the private yoga rooms and ocean view fitness centers to the sprawling public living rooms and infinity-edged lounge pools,” per the developer.

With all of the luxury condominiums on offer in the Kakaako area today, there is a condo for every buyer. Howard Hughes has certainly outdone themselves with this project and the awe-inspiring design by world-renowned architect Richard Meier is a sight to be seen. If this project interests you or if you’e curious about what other projects are available in the Kakaako area, please contact me at

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Moana Pacific – 1 bed / 1 bath $520,000

Moana Pacific has been gracing the skyline of Kakaako since 2007 when construction was completed. Just recently listed was a one bedroom one bath unit on the 10th floor. With over 700 square feet of living area, it represents one of the larger one bedroom floor plans available in the Kakaako neighborhood.  The unit features a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, granite counter tops and custom cabinetry.  The unit was also recently repainted and has brand new carpet.bed

One of the greatest features of Moana Pacific living is its wide range of amenities which include a movie theatre, tennis courts, pool, spa, putting greens and so much more.

If cooking isn’t your strong suit and don’t like to venture too far for a meal, you can walk downstairs to Stage Restaurant or Café for contemporary Asian-American cuisine. AMUSE wine bar is also an option and is always a great place to meet up with friends.

Listed at $520,000 it is one of the lowest priced listings in the entire Kakaako neighborhood and a good deal in my book.

Thinking about purchasing in Kakaako but don’t know where to start? Give me a call or email me and I would be happy to walk you through the Kakaako real estate landscape, highlighting all the different buildings and their amenities. If you would like to set up a private showing for this unit or any other listing in the Kakaako neighborhood contact me and I would be happy to arrange that for you.

Thank you!


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803 Waimanu – What you need to know

Good news for those looking to buy or invest in the dynamic and fast-growing neighborhood of Kakaako – the condominium project at 803 Waimanu St. is moving forward. The project is being developed by California-based MJF Development Corp. and will feature a seven-story condominium including 153 market-rate units. Buyers can expect to see studio, one- and two-bedroom units.

Construction is slated to begin later this year with an estimated completion in 2017.

If you’ve missed out on sales for Keauhou Place or timing simply wasn’t right for you this is another great option.

In addition to 803 Waimanu, MJF Development Corp. has plans to build another condominium project on a 14,400 square-foot parcel located at nearby 929 Pumehana St. called “Ohana Hale.” The project will be a 21-story, 180-unit project including affordable and workforce units. About 60 percent or 108 of the project’s units will be priced in the affordable range for households earning between 100 percent and 120 percent of the area median income for Honolulu.

Construction on Ohana Hale is also planned for later this year, and will feature studio, one- and two-bedroom units.

Starting prices for both projects have yet to be announced. If you would like more information on these condos as soon as it is released, or  information on other projects in the area, please email me at

With Keauhou Place reserve unit sales happening this weekend I’ve had a lot of interested parties contacting me trying to get their hands on a reserving housing packet. With the last packet being handed out last week most of them were simply out of luck. For 803 Waimanu I encourage you to contact me early so that I can make sure that you get a reserve packet as soon as they become available. If you let me know that you’re interested I will keep track of the sales timeline for the project so you don’t have to.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!